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Sunday Morning Medicine

A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news Syphilis onstage. The Wonder in Us, 1921. Girl mayors of the 1920s. USA! USA! A brief history. Treating the bite of a mad dog. The whole truth about Van Gogh’s ear. How HIV/AIDS influenced American art. Cold War food found and eaten by librarians…. Read more →

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The Brexit and Women’s Rights in the UK

Although women comprise the majority of voters in the UK, they were noticeably absent in the debates and discussions surrounding the potential “Brexit” — Britain’s proposal to leave the European Union. For the duration of the Brexit battle, middle-aged white men — surprise — remained the public faces of both the “Leave” and the “Remain”… Read more →

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Sunday Morning Medicine

A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news The CDC might want your semen. How posters helped shape America. Hungary’s bizarre Cold War cartoons. New museum explores why we keep things. The problematic history of who discovered ebola. The importance of fashion to Bronze Age Britons. The Black Panther Community School is… Read more →

Spider-Woman: Shifting Gears, #2 (Marvel Comics)

What to Expect When You’re an Expecting Superhero: Spider-Woman Shifts Gears

Like the best action, the new comic Spider-Woman: Shifting Gears, Vol 1: Baby Talk starts in media res. Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman) talks on the phone with her best friend Carol Danvers (AKA Captain Marvel) as they both kick some ass. Carol is off in outer space, so they catch up about Jessica’s pregnancy. Six months… Read more →

Emilia Clarke as Louisa and Sam Claflin as Will in Me Before You.

“Me Before You”: Hollywood’s Disability Problem & the Perils of Assisted Suicide

The recent movie Me Before You, based on the best-selling book by Jojo Moyes, has been marketed as the tearjerker romance flick of the summer. The film stars Emilia Clarke (of Game of Thrones fame) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games). But the movie has drawn fierce protests from disability rights activists, who say that the… Read more →